Grayson, our youngest son, killed his first duck on the Cache River when he was 11 years old It was a mallard drake
and our lab swam the river to retrieve it for him.
But mostly what we heard were quacking susies and wheezing mallard drakes
One mallard drake
gets out of pen, waddles across lawn.
Finally, one day, I winged a mallard drake
that went down in a bean field a few hundred yards away.
After dropping this drake in the snow, I noticed the bill was different, this duck appeared to be mature, with all the features of a normal mallard drake
, except it had a grayish-blue bill and no curly tail feathers.
One of the more memorable hunts from the 2009-2010 season was over a single, standard mallard drake
Then a big mallard drake
came out of the sunrise and cruised by, flying slow and straight.
DU's western regional manager of conservation programs, Virginia Getz, (whose mallard drake
hatched and banded in the Valley was the trophy bird of the hunt) told me that canals, levees and ditches duplicate the natural flooding processes artificially, delivering water where and when it is wanted.
The dyed buckeye burl pintail is capable of making teal, wigeon and mallard drake
Wildlife artist Maynard Reese won the competition with his depiction of Buck with a mallard drake
in his mouth.
It was a mallard drake
taken the last week of the season 48 years ago.
The first day ended mostly with half limits, a few birds each, though oddly enough I bagged a big mallard drake
far offshore, and my buddy Mark Keefe made a crazy-long shot on another mallard.